Botox for pain relief: How does it work?

Written by: Dr Husham Al-Shather
Edited by: Sophie Kennedy

Although Botox is commonly known for its use in anti-ageing treatments, there are many beneficial applications of this form of treatment. In this informative article, highly respected advanced cosmetic doctor and consultant specialist in pain medicine Dr Husham Al-Shather explains how Botox is used as a highly effective, minimally invasive treatment for some types of chronic pain.

What is Botox?

Botox, or Botulinum toxin, is a substance injected deep into the skin or muscle. It's commonly used as a minimally invasive treatment for persistent pain.

How does Botulinum toxin work?

Botulinum toxin temporarily paralyses and relaxes injected muscles, alleviating pain by preventing muscle contractions. It achieves this by blocking acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter responsible for muscle contraction, and by inhibiting pain signals to the nervous system, thus preventing conditions like migraine.

What are the advantages of Botulinum toxin in pain management?

Botulinum toxin offers effective pain relief with minimal side effects. Unlike oral muscle relaxants, it doesn't cause sedation. Its effects can be long-lasting, and adverse reactions are typically mild.

What are the indications of Botulinum toxin in chronic pain?

Botulinum toxin is used to treat various chronic pain conditions, including cervical dystonia, chronic headaches, thoracic and low back pain, muscle spasms, peripheral neuropathic pain, myofascial pain syndrome, fibromyalgia, and spasticity-related pain.

What are the side effects?

Side effects of Botulinum toxin injections are usually mild and temporary. Common ones include bruising, flu-like symptoms, abdominal pain, sickness, and headaches. Rare side effects may include allergic reactions, difficulty breathing, muscle weakness, and resistance to Botox effects.

What are the contraindications for treatment?

Botulinum toxin treatment is contraindicated for individuals with neuromuscular disorders like myasthenia gravis, those taking certain muscle relaxants or antibiotics, pregnant or breastfeeding women, and those with infections, inflammation, or bleeding disorders at the injection site.

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By Dr Husham Al-Shather
Aesthetic medicine

Dr Husham Al-Shather is a highly skilled and experienced advanced cosmetic doctor (consultant specialist) in pain medicine, anaesthesia, and aesthetics who specialises in non-surgical liquid facelift, dermal fillers, botox, lip augmentation, PDO thread, PRP, as well as various different anti-ageing treatments.

To-date, Dr Al-Shather has obtained a vast amount of experience in relation to aesthetics and aesthetic medicine, and offers his patients a wide and comprehensive variety of both interventional and non-interventional treatments for patients seeking to enhance their physical features and overall appearance. Since joining The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust as a consultant in pain management, Dr Al-Shather has developed an excellent reputation when it comes to providing patients with optimal clinical care. Thus far in his medical career, he has distributed numerous amounts of injections and a whole host of procedures with no reports of infection, major complication nor readmission to hospital.

He provides a substantial amount of advanced cosmetic treatments, with the main ones including botox injections, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), dermal fillers, profhilo, skin boosters, non-surgical facelift, PDO thread facelift, botox for excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), hand and neck rejuvenation, fat dissolving injection, botox for migraine and persistent headaches, botox for TM joint pain and bruxism, as well as radiofrequency treatment for skin rejuvenation. Dr Alshather has achieved comprehensive training in Botox and Fillers and qualified in Aesthetic Medicine from the Harley Academy, the largest postgraduate Aesthetic Medicine provider in the UK.

He successfully completed higher specialist training at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals in London, and undertook his training in advanced pain at St George's Hospital and Ashford & St Peter's Trust prior to completing further training in regional anaesthesia at Queen Victoria Hospital. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists

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